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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why were domesticated plants able to spread from the Fertile Crescent to nearby areas more easily?
(a) They were already adapted to the climate
(b) Reindeer spread the seeds
(c) They were already adapted to the people's tastes
(d) Differing amounts of rainfall

2. How does Diamond feel about the traditional theories of human development?
(a) He feels that they are correct.
(b) He agrees with most of the argument but thinks that germs played a role.
(c) He feels that they are wrong.
(d) He believes that intelligence differences separated people.

3. Diamond argues that wealth and power are distributed unevenly because what developed at different times?
(a) Technology and education
(b) Technology and metal tools.
(c) Agriculture and education
(d) Agriculture and metal tools

4. What was needed for a society to become involved in food production?
(a) An abundance of wild game
(b) Several species of plants that could be domesticated
(c) Some type of fruit tree
(d) A natural disaster

5. People in the Fertile Crescent began food production around what time?
(a) 3,000 B.C.
(b) 8,500 B.C.
(c) 100 B.C.
(d) 12,500 B.C.

Short Answer Questions

1. Groups tended to turn to food production after what happened?

2. The axis of a continent does not affect the spread of what?

3. Germs from what produced epidemics in Native American and Australian societies?

4. Which of the following was one of the earliest crops?

5. How did farmers end up with plants that fulfilled their needs?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Diamond say more research needs to be done?

2. What is surprising about where food production developed early?

3. Did hunter-gatherers adopt the crops and agriculture from neighboring groups or did invaders bring with them the knowledge and crops?

4. How did humans choose which plants to begin domesticating?

5. What was the greater Polynesian area like in terms of the environments available?

6. What does Diamond argue determined when a group would adopt food production?

7. What are the four stages in how diseases are transferred from animals to humans?

8. What are some reasons why hunter-gatherers would adopt food production?

9. How did the ability to use domesticated plants and animals differentiate the Polynesian societies?

10. Infectious diseases that become epidemics tend to share what characteristics?

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